Bobcats at Wizards
After failing to match last season's win total on their first attempt, the Charlotte Bobcats will take another crack at it against a team that is off to the worst start in franchise history. The Washington Wizards will continue their search for their elusive first win on Saturday when they host the Bobcats, who dropped a 101-91 decision to Atlanta on Friday. Ramon Sessions had a team-high 22 points for Charlotte, which fell for just the second time in seven outings.
While the Bobcats emerged victorious on only seven occasions last season, that number may seem on the high side at the moment for winless Washington. The Wizards struggled mightily from the field and suffered a 92-76 loss to Charlotte on Nov. 13. Trevor Ariza, who had 19 points in that contest, collected 12 points and 15 rebounds in a 101-100 setback to Atlanta on Wednesday.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Charlotte), Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (Washington)
ABOUT THE BOBCATS (6-5): Charlotte may boast one of the younger teams in the league, but it is getting production out of its rookies. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was the second overall pick of the draft, has scored in double digits in eight of his last nine games - including a 15-point effort versus the Wizards. Fellow first-year player Jeffery Taylor has set a new career high in each of his last three contests. He had 16 versus the Hawks.
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (0-10): Washington thought it had finally broken through, only to have a video review confirm that the Wizards fell just a bit short. Martell Webster's putback of Kevin Seraphin's airball was deemed to come after time expired during Washington's latest loss. The split-second defeat was especially difficult on Seraphin, who recorded a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds.
1. Nene made his season debut after being sidelined with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Although he was limited due to conditioning, Nene scored 12 points versus Atlanta.
2. Wizards rookie Bradley Beal, who was the third overall pick of the draft, is shooting 90.0 percent from the foul line.
3. Washington features ex-Bobcats Shaun Livingston and Emeka Okafor, who was Charlotte's first-ever draft pick. Livingston is starting as John Wall recovers from a knee injury while Okafor sees limited playing time.
Bobcats 98, Wizards 90.